Watson fined for outburst, Gambhir's hearing tomorrow

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) Australian allrounder Shane Watson was today found guilty of breaching the ICC code of conduct by match referee Chris Broad and was fined 10 per cent of his match fee, while the hearing of Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was adjourned until tomorrow morning to review the evidence against him.

In the hour-long hearing, Watson pleaded not guilty to a Level 1 charge under clause C1 of the ICC code of conduct which states that players "shall at all times conduct play within in the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws of Cricket".

During India's first innings yesterday, the two players were seen getting involved in a verbal spat as Gambhir, while taking a couple, was hurled with some abuses from Watson. The batsman was then seen elbowing out Watson while he was running to occupy his crease.

After considering the evidence, Broad found Watson guilty of verbally engaging with Gambhir in a manner that was not in keeping the spirit of the game.

Broad fined Watson 10 per cent of his match fee for the offence.

In cases of Level 1 offences, the match referee's decision is final and binding and, as such, there is no right of appeal.

Present at the hearing was the player, the match referee, the on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar, third umpire Suresh Shastri and fourth umpire Sameer Bandekar. Australia team coach Tim Nielsen and the team's media manager Philip Pope were also present.

In the case of Gambhir, the hearing was adjourned until tomorrow morning to allow the match referee to review the evidence.

Gambhir, though, pleaded guilty to a C1 Level 2 offence of not playing within the spirit of the game and the penalty for a Level 2 offence is a fine of between 50 and 100 per cent of the player's match fee and/or a maximum ban of one Test match or two ODIs.

For Level 2 offences players have the right to appeal against an adjudicator's decision within 24 hours of notification of that decision.

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